• A Smart Skin for Aircraft Could Make Buildings More Intelligent

    Tiny sensors work together to emulate the network of nerve cells in human skin.

    Researchers at the defense firm BAE Systems are developing an exterior coating made of tiny sensors that emulate human skin and pinpoint damage.

    ARCHITECT October 01, 2014

  • Three Ways Neuroscience Can Inform and Improve Architecture

    Three takeaways from discussions on brains and buildings.

    Designers and researchers discussed brains and buildings at the 2014 meeting of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture.

    ARCHITECT September 29, 2014

  • Rice University Researchers Use Graphene as a De-Icing Agent for Glass

    Light and radio waves can pass through this coating, bringing wireless capabilities further indoors.

    A polyurethane paint infused with the ultra-strong nanomaterial lets both light and radio waves permeate glass coated with the novel finish.

    ARCHITECT September 29, 2014

  • Cersaie Day Four: Toyo Ito Delivers Keynote, and Faux Wood Abounds

    Ceramic wood continues to hone its grains.

    Our final day at the international ceramic tile show included a lecture by the 2013 Pritzker laureate. Plus, our top ceramic-emulating-wood product picks.

    ARCHITECT September 26, 2014

  • Tips on Vectorworks Architect 2015 for Designers

    The latest Nemetschek Vectorworks suite has several tools that enable creativity in BIM.

    The latest line of Nemetschek Vectorworks products for architecture firms includes enhanced modeling and visualization tools to support design creativity in BIM.

    ARCHITECT September 25, 2014

  • Macro Shots of Six Products With Defining Details

    Closer inspection reveals the hidden designs of these textiles and surfaces.

    The fine weaving, embossing, patterning, and color-shifting that adds texture to these textiles and surfaces is revealed when viewed up close.

    ARCHITECT September 25, 2014

  • Cersaie Day Three: More Standout Designer-Manufacturer Pairings in Finishes

    Graphics, lines, and a subtle infusion of texture make tiles blend in or stand out.

    Graphics, lines, and a subtle infusion of texture make tiles blend in or stand out at the international ceramic tile show.

    ARCHITECT September 25, 2014

  • Cards Against Urbanity: Getting Snarky About Cities

    “The card game for horrible places” brings together gamers and a new generation with an interest in cities and a smart sense of humor.

    “The card game for horrible places” brings together gamers and a new generation with an interest in cities and a smart sense of humor.

    ARCHITECT September 24, 2014

  • Zaha Hahid Designs Housewares for London Department Store

    The architect's housewares collection launched at Harrods department store this month.

    The collection includes polished acrylic platters, bone china candle holders, and a polished resin chess set.

    ARCHITECT September 24, 2014

  • A New Material That is Harder Than Diamonds

    The ultra-hard material's fabrication could eventually be scaled for industrial use.

    Researchers at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have discovered an ultra hard material that is made of fullerenes—molecular carbon spheres whose forms are inspired by R. Buckminster Fuller's work.

    ARCHITECT September 24, 2014


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